2014 World Cup qualifiers: Irish injury concerns mount

Following the withdrawal of Kevin Doyle from the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands, a number of players have been added to the growing injury list following the weekend’s club fixtures.

Glenn Whelan came off with a hamstring injury after 20 minutes of Stoke’s match against Liverpool on Sunday. He will undergo a scan in Dublin on Monday morning before any further decision is taken on his fitness.

Ireland’s only goalscorer at Euro 2012; Seán St. Ledger is said to be  “highly unlikely” to play in either game having suffered a hamstring injury playing for Leicester City on Saturday. The centre half will report to the Irish team hotel in Portmarnock on Monday though and will undergo a scan.  It had been thought over recent weeks that Richard Dunne might make an unlikely comeback for the World Cup qualifiers this month,  but he was categorically ruled out more than a week ago.

Sunderland left wing star, James McClean  complained of a tight groin following the Black Cat’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.  The Derry native will have a scan at his club on Monday before a decision is made on whether or not he travels to Dublin.

Striker Robbie Brady comes in to the Irish squad to replace Doyle, even though the 20 year-old was substituted with an injury during Manchester United’s under 21 match last Monday. David Meyler, who, along with Brady won his first senior cap last month has also come in as a late addition to the Irish squad.

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